How to Use an SD Card in an HP Laptop

Written by tammy clevenger
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Many models of HP laptops are equipped with SD card readers built into the body of the laptop. Even if the HP laptop does not have an SD card reader, a USB card reader is an inexpensive way to read SD cards on an HP laptop. Many models of USB card reader peripherals are available for under £13.

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Things you need

  • HP laptop computer with SD card reader (built-in or peripheral)
  • SD card

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    Locate the SD card reader on the HP laptop, if provided. On many HP laptops, the SD card reader is a tiny slot on the side of the machine, just under the left hand rest. If using a USB peripheral card reader, plug the USB device into a free USB port on the HP laptop.

  2. 2

    Insert the SD card into the card reader. Windows will assign the SD card a drive letter.

  3. 3

    Right-click the Windows "Start" button, and then select "Explore" from the context menu to open Windows Explorer.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the SD card in Windows Explorer.

  5. 5

    Copy and save files to the SD card to test.

Tips and warnings

  • SD cards must be formatted with a special formatting software, the SD Formatter provided free of charge by the SD Card Association website.

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